FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 4, 2010
Contact: Mary Hines – (617) 635-4587
FROG POND OPENING CELEBRATION THURSDAY NOVEMBER 18TH
Boston Parks Commissioner Antonia M. Pollak and The Skating Club of Boston President Joseph Blount will host this year’s official opening of the Boston Common Frog Pond on Thursday, November 18, at 5:30 p.m. The evening’s Master of Ceremonies will be Dan Weinstein, 1998 and 2002 Olympic Speed Skater and National Short Track Speed Skating Champion who has served as an NBC Olympic Commentator for speed skating events.
The Boston Parks and Recreation Department recently named The Skating Club of Boston manager and operator of the Boston Common Frog Pond. In celebration of this new partnership, the rink will open for the 2010-2011 season with a world-class skating show directed by The Skating Club of Boston and their Frog Pond Skating School.
The show stars 2006 Olympian and US National Silver Medalist Emily Hughes, 2010 Miss Massachusetts and 2004 US National Ice Dancing Bronze Medalist Loren Galler-Rabinowitz of Boston, 2009 US National Junior Men’s Champion and Junior World Series Bronze Medalist Ross Miner of Watertown, MA, 2010 US National Junior Ladies Silver Medalist and 3-Time International Silver Medalist Yasmin Siraj of Brookline, MA, and 2009 US National Junior Pairs Bronze Medalists and Junior World Bronze Medalists Marissa Castelli of Providence, RI and Simon Shnapir.
Opening night will feature free admission for all following the skating show with skate rentals offered at the regular price. Special guests will include mascots Blades from the Boston Bruins and Frog Pond Freddie along with the Boston Bruin’s Ice Girls, representatives from the Boston Blazers, the Boston Blazers SPARKS Dance Girls, characters from Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker, and characters from “The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.” Cabot Creamery, Disney’s “Tangled” and “The Search for Santa Paws,” Mix 104.1 FM radio, and the event’s radio sponsor, Vitamin Water Zero, will all be on site with fun prizes and giveaways.
The show also features The Skating Club of Boston’s Team Excel Boston Collegiate Synchronized Skating Team and National competitor Harrison Choate from Weston, MA along with a dynamic assortment of local up-and-coming young skating stars, The Skating Club of Boston skaters, The Skating Club of Boston’s Warrior Frog special needs skaters, and Frog Pond Skating School students of all levels and ages.
The 2010-2011 Frog Pond hours of operation are Sunday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (except Monday when the rink closes at 4 p.m.), Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, open Christmas Eve 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., New Year’s Eve 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and New Year’s Day 12 noon to 5 p.m.
Admission fees are $4 for ages 14 and over and free for ages 13 and under. Skate rentals are $5 for children 13 and under, $8 for 14 and over, and lockers are available for one-dollar tokens from the cashier. Introduced last season, the Frog Pond continues freestyle skating on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 7:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. for $12 a session.
Individual season passes are available for $100, family passes with children ages 13 and under are $150, and lunch passes good Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (holidays excluded), are available for $60. The Skating Club of Boston at Frog Pond will be offering expanded year-round passes valid for public skating at the Frog Pond in the winter months and at The Skating Club’s indoor facility located at 1240 Soldiers Field Road in Boston during the months when the Frog Pond skating rink is closed. Individual year-round passes are available for $150 and family year-round passes for $225.
The Skating Club of Boston’s Frog Pond Skating School has greatly enhanced its skating lessons program this year and will be offering a variety of group and private skating lessons throughout the season for skaters of all levels and ages, from raw beginners to those aspiring to be figure skaters and hockey players. The Skating School is also offering skating lessons for special needs skaters as well as special skating school scholarships for individuals and public school groups.
The Frog Pond features public skating, skating lessons, the Lily Pad Café, skate rentals, rest rooms, and a warming area. For up-to-date schedules, events, programs, offerings and general and weather-related updates please call the Frog Pond at (617) 635-2120 or visit www.bostonfrogpond.com.